National Gypsum Wins 2004 Mobilizer Award for Improved Field Service and Sales Processes with Juniper Networks SSL VPN
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 2, 2004 - Juniper Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR) today announced that its customer National Gypsum Company, a fully integrated manufacturer and supplier of building and construction products worldwide, was selected as the 2004 Mobilizer Award Honorable Mention by Mobile Enterprise Magazine. National Gypsum was honored for successfully deploying a secure customer extranet and employee remote access network with the Juniper Networks NetScreen Secure Access 5000 SSL VPN, which improved the work processes of its field service and field sales employees.
Companies around the world, including those in vertical markets and public/government agencies, were considered for this award, which honors organizations with the most effective mobile technology deployments by field service and field sales organizations. National Gypsum received the Honorable Mention in the August edition of Mobile Enterprise Magazine.
"[National Gypsum] is no stranger to changing times and adapting business processes suitably," said Bryan Pedersen, Web editor at Mobile Enterprise Magazine. "For the 71-year-old company, the SSL VPN deployment is a jolt of success. It was able to achieve a 150 percent ROI almost immediately and it saved hundreds of thousands of dollars with its do-it-yourself application design. The secure remote access also provides their 75 roaming sales reps with access to e-mail, marketing data, customer orders and a link to the 65 inside sales agents at headquarters."
"We saw an opportunity to improve customer service and access to network resources with an SSL VPN solution," said Mike Brannon, senior manager of e-commerce at National Gypsum. "We are very excited to have been recognized by Mobile Enterprise Magazine, validating my team's decision to deploy a Juniper Networks SSL VPN. We are truly honored to have been considered and listed as a field organization that has not only demonstrated exceptional use of the latest remote access technologies, but also demonstrated productivity gains and decreased total cost of ownership."
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., National Gypsum is a leading supplier of wallboard, interior finishing products and cement board to the construction industry. The company has a network of 31 plants in North America, including its own paper mills and gypsum mines and quarries. Due to the number of National Gypsum sites and employees in the field, the company deployed the Juniper Networks NetScreen Secure Access 5000 appliances to enable remote access to its data network for both customers and its mobile sales force. National Gypsum created an intuitive, self-service customer extranet using the Microsoft.NET Framework servers for the Web interfaced to its IBM mainframe, which is integrated with the Juniper Networks SSL VPN to allow customers to check and confirm construction material orders in real-time via a standard Web browser and Internet connection or opt to receive PDF status reports via the SSL VPN. This linked with National Gypsum's sales and customer service operations helped to maintain their superior customer service. In addition to the customer extranet, National Gypsum field representatives log into the network from home offices, hotels and kiosks obtain a more secure and reliable link to headquarters via the Juniper Networks SSL VPN versus their previous dialup solution.
The Juniper Networks NetScreen Secure Access SSL VPN appliance provides enterprise-class secure access to network resources for remote employees, customers and partners. Contrary to traditional access technologies, there is no client software to install because the NetScreen Secure Access appliance leverages SSL for secure, controlled access to resources via any Web browser.
The SSL VPN appliances enable encrypted and secure connections with detailed audit logs and time outs, and allow National Gypsum administrators to establish strict access controls, protecting network resources and customer data. The appliances also eliminate the need to secure or harden servers or make changes to existing infrastructure. The result is a more cost effective, secure access solution that is easy for customers to deploy and simple for end-users to operate.
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About National Gypsum
National Gypsum is a world leader in the production of gypsum wallboard, supplies wallboard, interior finishing products and cement backer board to the construction industry. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the company has a network of 31 plants in North America and employs approximately 2,700 employees. For more information about National Gypsum, please visit www.nationalgypsum.com.
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